Hint: It hasn’t been going well for him. At all.
During Iverson’s prime, teammates accepted Iverson’s unique style, be it hangovers during some practices or his trademark single-arm sleeve. His response to a question in 2002 about missing workouts became iconic: “We’re talking about practice.”
As long as his game was sharp – he was named MVP in 2001 and won four NBA scoring titles – they ignored all else.
Basketball was Iverson’s sanctuary, and he signed huge contracts: a six-year deal in 1999 worth $70.9 million and, four years later, a new agreement worth $76.7 million. Reebok signed him to a huge endorsement deal, including a deferred trust worth more than $30 million, a lump sum he can’t touch until he turns 55.
His play kept his shortcomings in the shadows, but at home, his behavior caused increasing worry. Tawanna testified that her husband was undependable and volatile. Alcohol intensified his flaws, she said, leading him to skip milestone events and stagger through others.
He hadn’t been present for Tiaura’s birth in 1994, and three years later, when Allen Jr. was born – they would call him Deuce – Iverson was “very intoxicated” and unable to drive her to the hospital, Tawanna told the court.
This is a great, but simultaneously a particularly sad read.
Iverson was one of my favorite hoops players to watch growing up because he was doing it for all the short guys out there, he played insanely hard, and did it on his own terms. It’s hard to imagine this particular athlete playing for any other city other than Philadelphia.
However, anyone that loved to watch Iverson knew that there would be a story like this when his NBA career ended.
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